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More than 500 business professors are urging CEOs to denounce Trump

More than 500 business professors are urging CEOs to denounce Trump

By Quartz at Work reporterOctober 27, 2020American CEOs have become very vocal about several contentious political and social issues. Just in the past few years, many have advocated for  and voiced concern for America’s . Some have taken heat for . Many from Muslim countries that US president Donald Trump instituted shortly after he took office. More recently, dozens have .However, business leaders have largely stopped short of publicly endorsing one political candidate over another, even when one contender is clearly more aligned with their professed values.With some notable exceptions—...

Oct 27
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An ex-Cigna exec says he spread lies about Canada’s health system—and it hurt Americans

An ex-Cigna exec says he spread lies about Canada’s health system—and it hurt Americans

Last week, former health insurance executive tweeted before disappearing again into the news cycle ether. But his mea culpa deserves more attention.Potter, who left Cigna where he was a vice-president of communications in 2008, wrote that in his previous career, he was among those in the health insurance industry who spent huge sums to convince Americans that Canada’s single-payer system was “awful.”The industry and its lobbying group, American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), manipulated data and found the rare case stories they needed to spread suggesting that Canadians have long waits for...

June 29, 2020
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is backtracking on year-long parental leaves

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is backtracking on year-long parental leaves

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looked pretty heroic when it introduced 52 weeks of paid parental leave as an employee benefit four years ago.In the US, companies are to offer employees any paid leave. When they do, it’s typically limited to three or six months, even at famously perk-rich companies and . By American standards, therefore, the one-year benefit was momentous. Advocates for longer leaves wanted to believe the foundation’s policy would signal the start of a trend.Alas, it didn’t survive. In , Steven Rice, chief human resources officer at the Gates Foundation, reported that...

February 8, 2019
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Adding a layer of nylon stocking could make DIY coronavirus masks more protective

Adding a layer of nylon stocking could make DIY coronavirus masks more protective

The homemade masks that millions are wearing in the US and elsewhere have always been a for preventing the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.They’re not recommended to protect the wearer. Only N95 respirators contaminated droplets and aerosols expelled from someone who is infected. Since such masks are in short supply, health officials have said that they should be reserved for healthcare workers tending to Covid-19 patients.For the rest of us, cloth masks t-shirts, bandanas, bras, or jeans are sufficient, and mandatory in some states, not for the sake of the people wearing them, but...

April 25, 2020
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